Upcoming Events


Alliance Meets Friday, March 1

Meeting begins at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Please bring a snack to share for the social hour and tea following our presentation. We are honoring Women’s History Month. USSB congregant Ellen Broidy will converse with us about her work and stories of the Women’s Movement. Ellen is the Writing Consultant at UCSB McNair Scholars Program. She holds a PhD in U.S. History from UC Irvine and an MA in Library Science from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining McNair, Dr. Broidy was the head of the Collections, Research and Instructional Services Department at UCLA’s Young Research Library and taught a graduate course in Women’s Studies at UCLA. All are welcome to the Alliance. Bring friends and family. We are looking forward to a lively discussion and convivial afternoon.

Join the Alliance on the first Friday of each month from October to June for a stimulating presentation and the tea which follows. All are welcome: USSB congregants, friends, neighbors, men and women of all ages. Your contribution of some goodies to share makes our tea a delicious afternoon treat. We look forward to welcoming you.

Vegan Potluck Sunday, March 3

Join us at 5:00 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Our USSB monthly vegan potluck is a safe space in which to explore the pleasures of a completely plant-based meal. People with all eating styles are warmly welcomed. The commitment for participation is to contribute food that is totally plant-based, i.e., totally vegan. People are also encouraged to avoid processed food and sugar. You are invited to share a vegan community meal and exchange ideas about plant-based eating. Please bring a dish that serves 10-12 people, and bring utensils, dishes, cups, and napkins. Space is limited to 20-25 people, so be sure to RSVP if you plan to come, and update your RSVP if your plans change. For more information and to see upcoming potluck dates, visit our Vegan Potluck page, or email albanese@religion.ucsb.edu.

Great Decisions Foreign Policy Discussion Group

Wednesday, March 6 at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall: “Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?” Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with them. The President has met with Putin as the New Start Treaty with Russia comes up for renewal in 2021, the President this week met for the second time with Kim Jong-un to discuss denuclearizing the Korean Peninsula, and President Trump has decertified the nuclear deal with Iran, which has been roundly criticized by our European allies. Is a new arms race emerging from these initiatives, or is the President forging a new plan which will reduce the threat of nuclear war? Adam Shive will be our speaker, and will lead us through these complexities and place our current status into a historical context.

Wednesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. in Parish Hall our speaker will be Geoff Allen, PhD, lecturer at UCSB, and our subject will be the Rise of Populism in Europe. The mass migration and the problems associated with it have directly abetted the rise of populist parties in Europe. Opposition to immigration was the prime driver of support for Brexit, it brought a far-right party to the German Bundestag for the first time since the 1950’s, and it propelled Marine Le Pen to win a third of the vote in the French presidential election. The far-right leaders are invariably illiberal, anti-American, anti-NATO, and pro-Kremlin, making their rise a serious concern for the national security interests of the U.S. Our speaker, Geoff Allen, will discuss new voting trends as well as developments in specific countries. Geoff will also share insights into the complexities of Brexit, which is scheduled to finally start at the end of the month!

USSB Women’s Group

Monday, March 11, we will take a look at the issues that the latest UU World brings up about how Unitarianism is responding to the realities of our current world, as well as connecting and sharing generally as part of our ongoing community-building mission. An important theme for this UU World issue is “perfectionism,” a topic particularly relevant for women.

On Monday, March 25, Pastor Pamela Bollinger of the Santa Barbara Spiritualist Church of the Comforter will be our guest. She will speak about the basic principles of their church, as well the Sunday services, classes, and other events. A discussion/question and answer period will follow. The Spiritualist Church is a member of the National Spiritualist Association of Churches, whose principles and policies are remarkably similar to Unitarians’. They are particularly supportive of freedom of religious thought and expression, as well as women’s empowerment. In addition, they have active faith in the continuation of life after death and see value in other realms beyond that of the present material world. Their church library includes a section on quantum physics. We meet in La Paz from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m., please feel free to bring healthy snacks but not necessary; visitors/first timers welcome. Parking can be a challenge due to street sweeping.

Quantum Field Theory and Consciousness Affinity Group Monday, March 18

Beginners QFT&C meets the third Monday of every month, and gathers at 7:00 for starting at 7:15 p.m. in Blake Lounge. Videos and discussion will focus on how the laws of physics imply we are all one.

Fashion Fling—A Chance to Spark Joy!

The Fashion Fling will be Saturday, March 23, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00ish, and Sunday March 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Saturday night is the Girlfriend Party Night with wine and goodies and fun music while we go through the piles, try on new-to-us outfits, and help each other find new looks. On Sunday we open the sale to women from nearby congregations.

Women in our congregation are invited to go through their closets and see which clothes “Spark Joy” (#Marie Kondo). All items which don’t pass the Joy test can be brought (on hangers) to the Fashion Fling where we’ll see if they spark joy in someone else. They’ll be sold at the Fling for thrift store prices and proceeds will go to USSB. All items of women’s clothing, including shoes, scarves, purses, and jewelry, are welcome.

If you want to get in on finding the best things, contact Sally Hamilton at sallyshamilton@gmail.com to help with set up on Saturday. Donations of refreshments are welcome!

Ongoing & Weekly Events

Yoga Classes with Monica monday and thursday

Monday and Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jefferson Hall. Open to all! This yoga is a gentle, restorative, healing experience. Focus is on holding poses, core movement, and breathing meditation, with care to protect the low back and neck. Drop in and give it a try! Cost is $13.00 a session or $65.00 for the month.

Heart Rate Coherence Affinity Group saturday

Join us every Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in the Blake Lounge. Does investigating a way to reduce anxiety in your life and experience more spirituality interest you? John Mudie, Ph.D. is asking members and their guests to join him in discussing how increasing Heart Rate Coherence might support us in achieving more calm and peace in our lives. Come join us. Note: in March we will only be meeting on March 23 and March 30.

Weekly Meditation Group wednesday

Now with free childcare in Starr King. Please join us for the Wednesday sitting meditation at 5:15 to 6:00 p.m. in the USSB Sanctuary. No experience required. Take a breath, get centered and feel grounded mid-week. Kids are welcome to play with supervision while their grown-ups meditate. Email if you have any questions: maureen@ussb.org.

Solidarity and Compassion Wednesday

Join us on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in Parish Hall. We are thrilled to partner with Radhule Wieniger to offer a monthly gathering of guest speakers from the community to discuss ways of community healing during difficult times and to spend time in meditation and reflection. Hear members of the leading faith traditions, thinkers, musicians, visionaries, and activists share how their individual traditions and practices help us during this challenging time in our country and our world. Join us every second Wednesday of the month. Admission is by donation and everyone is welcome.

Advance Care Directive Workshops wednesday

The Alliance for Living and Dying Well continues with its monthly Advance Care Directive workshops. It’s all happening the third Wednesday of each month from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in La Paz Lounge. These free workshops provide trained facilitators and all the materials you need to get the job done. Click here for more information and to register or call the Alliance for Living and Dying Well at (805) 845-5314.


Alliance Meets Friday, April 5

Meets at 2:00 p.m. in Parish Hall. Join your friends in experiencing the Alternatives to Violence Project. Pat Hardy, President of AVP California, will lead us in a workshop demonstrating how AVP volunteers help inmates and community members resolve differences peacefully. AVP’s mission is to reduce violence by participants learning about relationships, communication, and conflict resolution. Please bring a snack to share for the tea following the presentation. Invite anyone you would like to partake in what will be an inspiring afternoon.

A Community Celebration—Passover Seder, April 24

We invite you to participate in this joyous event and join in the retelling of the traditional story of the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. This speaks especially to us as Unitarian Universalists, as it reminds us of our struggle for social justice in this country and throughout the world. All ages will enjoy the food, music, games, and fun. Space is limited. Sign up in the courtyard during Middle Hour or on Realm beginning Sunday, March 24. If you’d like to volunteer, contact Nancy Beisser at beissers@becmail.net.

Click here for a basic calendar of each month’s events at USSB.

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